NEIL SEDAKA–“STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN”

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Neil Sedaka was born on March 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York.  He is one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the rock era.  He studied piano since he was a kid in elementary school.  Neil formed a songwriting partnership with Howard Greenfield while attending Lincoln High School.  That partnership lasted over 20 years.  Neil attended the famed Juillard School for classical piano.  He recorded with The Tokens on Melba Records in 1956.

In December of 1958 Neil charted his first hit record on the Billboard Hot 100.  The song became an instant hit and lead the way for 30 other records to grace the Billboard Pop and Adult Contemporary charts.  THE DIARY on RCA Victor records, became a Top 20 hit, charting at #14.  He would follow-up with  I GO APE  in March of 1959.  Late in 1959 Neil Sedaka charted his first Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hit, the…

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EARLY ROCK CLASSIC–JOHNNY ACE–“PLEDGING MY LOVE”

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Born John Alexander on June 9, 1929 in Memphis, Tennessee.  Johnny Ace recorded a song that has become a rock classic.  His 1955 hit record…PLEDGING MY LOVE  on the legendary Duke Records label has been recorded over and over through the years.  Artists that have charted this fabulous love song include,  Roy Hamilton-#45 in 1958, Johnny Tillotson-#63 in 1960 and Teresa Brewer-#17 in 1955.  Many other artists have recorded the song on albums, including the “King of Rock and Roll”, Elvis Presley, on his last studio album, “Moody Blue”.  His version was the flip-side of his last single record in his lifetime…WAY DOWN / PLEDGING MY LOVE.  WAY DOWN  charted at #1 Country and #22 Hot 100, but PLEDGING MY LOVE  did not chart on the Hot 100.  Johnny Ace’s classic is that important in rock history.

Johnny was an R&B singer/songwriter.  He worked with the legendary blues artist…B.B. King’s band. …

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QUICK FACT–JIMMIE RODGERS

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JIMMIE RODGERS NOT ONLY CHARTED A #1 HIT RECORD…HONEYCOMB IN AUGUST OF 1957…WITH HIS FIRST CHARTED HIT, BUT CONTINUED TO CHART TOP TEN HITS WITH HIS FIRST 5 HIT SINGLE RECORDS, THEY ARE:

HONEYCOMB—8/1957 #1

KISSES SWEETER THAN WINE—11/57 #3

OH-OH, I,M FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN—2/58 #7

SECRETLY—5/58 #3

ARE YOU REALLY MINE—8/58 #10

HIS NEXT RECORD…BIMBOMBEY—11/58 JUST MISSED THE TOP 10, CHARTING AT #11.

ALL OF THESE HITS WERE ON ROULETTE RECORDS.  JIMMIE WOULD CHART 25 BILLBOARD HOT 100 HITS BETWEEN 1957 AND 1967.  HE IS THE #17 RANKED ARTIST OF THE 1950’S, AS LISTED BY JOEL WHITBURN IN HIS RECORD RESEARCH BOOK—TOP POP SINGLES 12TH EDITION.  HIS FOLK-POP RECORDINGS AND HIS WONDERFUL VOCAL RANGE, MADE HIM ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR RECORDING ARTISTS OF THE “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE

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JOHNNY OTIS–“WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE”

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Growing up in the 1950s it is hard not to remember the great sounds of early rock and roll.  One of the songs that became a huge hit was recorded by the legendary R&B bandleader/composer…Johnny Otis…the classic…WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE.  The single record on Capitol Records (3966), made its Billboard Top 100 debut on June 23, 1958 and charted at #9.  The record remained on the Top 100 for 16 weeks.  WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE charted even higher on the Billboard R&B chart, reaching #3.  The song is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame..

With its great rhythm and beat the record was a natural for the teen market.  Johnny was born John Veliotes on December 28, 1921 in Vallejo, California.  In 1945 he started his own band, charting many hit records…one of his best is his version of HARLEM NOCTURNE-1951.  He wrote, EVERY BEAT OF…

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JIMMY CLANTON…”CURLY”

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ONE OF MY FAVORITE TUNES RECORDED BY JIMMY CLANTON IS HIS 1969 RECORDING OF “CURLY” ON LAURIE RECORDS (3508). CURLY MADE ITS BILLBOARD HOT 100 DEBUT ON NOVEMBER 15, 1969. THE SINGLE WITH “I’LL NEVER FORGET YOUR LOVE” ON THE FLIP-SIDE CHARTED AT A HIGH OF #97 AND REMAINED ON THE HOT 100 FOR 3 WEEKS. THE FLIP-SIDE DID NOT CHART. CURLY WOULD BE JIMMY CLANTON’S LAST CHARTED HIT.

ALL THIS SAID…CURLY IS ONE OF JIMMY’S BEST RECORDINGS…AND IF THIS TUNE WAS AROUND IN THE LATE 50S OR EARLY 60S…JIMMY SURE WOULD HAVE HAD A HUGE HIT WITH THE TUNE.

JIMMY WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 2, 1940 IN BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA. HE IS THE BROTHER OF IKE CLANTON. HIS BIGGEST CHART HITS WERE RECORDED ON THE ACE RECORDS LABEL. HE RECORDED WITH FAMOUS NEW ORLEANS SESSIONMEN…HUEY “PIANO” SMITH AND LEE ALLEN AND TOURED WITH DICK CLARK’S CARAVAN OF STARS. HIS…

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